Churchill pip Indian Arrows

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 31 Dec 2018 12:44:12



WILLIS Plaza scored the solitary goal as Churchill Brothers returned to winning ways after two successive defeats with a hard-fought 1-0 triumph over Indian Arrows at the Kalinga Stadium here Sunday.
Plaza’s first-half strike was enough to hand the Goan side three points while the Arrows suffered their first loss in three games.

It was Churchill Brothers who started the first half on a stronger note, with the league’s top scorer Plaza testing the gloves of Prabhsukhan Gill in the 4th minute.
Receiving the ball at the edge of the box, the Trinidadian shimmied to his left and fired in a powerful effort but the Arrows goalie produced a fantastic diving save.
Floyd Pinto’s side, that came into the match off the back of four points in two games and two clean sheets, then created the next chance of the match. Boris Singh, playing as a winger, drove past his marker and fizzed in a cross, which was thwarted by Rowlinson Rodrigues.

The match turned into a tactical tussle in the middle of the park as both sides vied for possession and control over the game. The Arrows looked to play their quick-passing, high-tempo style while Churchill aimed to slow down the pace of the encounter. Rahim Ali and Amarjit Singh had an effort each from long range but the young side failed to test opposition keeper.

However, just when it appeared that the first half would end goalless, Churchill scored the opening goal through their main marksman Plaza in the 40th minute.